You so precisely captured the spirit of my company in still shots, I still can’t always believe it’s real. And you did it with humility and grace and humor. And art. You are generous in spirit and action and hungry for knowledge and partnership. You’re a fucking gem.
Brian. You are the realest most straight forward person I know. I always trust you to say what you mean and you often surprise me by how clearly you see me and others. There aren’t many people I would unhesitatingly recommend for a program or a job — you are one of them.
The instant we connected I understood what it meant to have a vision for your art. Brian lived it. He breathed it. He didn’t just take pictures. He made pictures. He didn’t take portraits. He allowed people to tell their stories and project themselves onto the world. He shared his process with me. He shared his philosophy with me. He shared his knowledge with me. He shared his gift with me. He became a mentor, a teacher, a critic, a guide, and a constant reminder to push my art, push my vision, and push my photography. And with his guidance, slowly I did.
Brian’s art moves people. And his commitment to his art moved me.
... This kind of loyalty is worth more than anything.
I love that you ask challenging questions; you don’t stand for the standard answer or assumption. You challenge me/ us to think more honestly into something.
I think you are one of the most disciplined, focused, passionate, driven and hard working people I know. Your clear talent and your capacity to work and create and to continually strive towards success is impressive and inspiring. But what I love about you the most, is seeing the capacity of your heart to grow, your willingness to expand its walls and your desire to share that energy with the world.
There are two options with Brian, deep, real, and meaningful relationship or no relationship.
Brian is a disruptor. He puts such thought in every action which results into complex dialogue and art. He has no time or energy for shallowness, cliche, small talk or anything orthodox. He will mull over a conversation he has had with you and wrap back around to it weeks later as he has depended his understanding of what was discussed.
Anyone that truly connects with Brian will be thoroughly enriched by the deep interaction.
It’s very clear that you are a people person and that definitely shows in your photographic work.
You share your openness and vulnerability, and humility about your process that draws people to you. Your process seems very intuitive rather than calculated, In a way that sometimes makes us less able to see it as a strength because it’s more like breathing than anything we consciously control.
You wear you heart on your sleeve Desi and I think they is my most favorite of all.
In the time that I have known Brian he has impacted not only my life but my 11 year old daughter’s life as well! Brian has helped me to see the natural talent in my daughter and know that she’s able to touch many lives with her free spirit through photography…..I have always known that my daughter is a free spirit and an indigo child however, Brian has given my daughter and I an experience that we will carry with us for a lifetime; the power to be happy with self first!
Brian has a gift that just comes naturally! My daughter has told me many times that she had an “Epic” experience with Brian and it helped her deal with the fact that her dad has abandoned her. Brian is an amazing person who has helped my daughter see that happiness comes from within! We are grateful to have met Brian!
Brian DeSimone is an absolute master when it comes to portraits.
I work in a male-dominated, high-stakes industry: Tech in Silicon Valley. Venture Capitalists, executives, and hiring managers are constantly making decisions that will either make or break investments worth tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. Image and personal branding are extremely important; you don’t get a second chance at a first impression, especially in a fast-moving world.
I am also a woman who appears young and short of stature. Imagine presenting as I do in the aforementioned world. You can often be overlooked for roles, mistaken for “the person who makes the coffee,” or simply not taken seriously.
Enter Brian DeSimone. He understands the playing field, and he understands how you want to present yourself — he takes the time to ask you about and then discuss these points. He then sets everything optimally: the tone of the shoot, your attire, your stance, the height of his camera, etc. He knows exactly how to position you for success.
Thanks to Brian, I have an unbeatable set of head shots. People now assume that I am more accomplished, more senior, and more polished than I believe I appear in person.
Thanks to Brian, I am being taken seriously by strangers in a very difficult industry — and I’m now changing it for the better. His impact on me and my personal brand is unmistakeable.